Category Archives: Google Android

Android Smartphones are Most Popular Smartphones of 2011!

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Android smartphones have indeed proven to be more popular than any other smartphones including Nokia and Apple, with a market share of over 40% while everyone else falls short of 20%.

What next?

This just means we, as consumers will get better prices and better products. Android smartphones range from low-budget teenager phones to 3D phones like HTC Evo 3D, allowing most households to afford one while Apple is really for niche market for those people who are brand-whored. As for Nokia and RIM, their innovations is clearly lacking, I have not seen a single person car

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HTC Launches OpenSense Open Source SDK!

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One of the things I like about HTC is that they are going to open source all of their HTC Android smartphones and tablets. Which is great for people who are trying to install new ROMs, unlock their phones, etc…etc…

Finally, HTC launches OpenSense SDK, which is basically a development environment for their HTC devices. The new site also hints at “Unlock Bootloader” feature, which will be coming soon and phones that have been locked as of recently like the HTC Evo 4G, will benefit greatly from users being able to root their phones again.

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How to Turn your Android device into Remote Live View CAM for Canon DSLR with Android App “DSLR Controller”!

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I’ve been actually looking for something like this, a Live View camera that can be tethered to my Canon 7D DSLR camera so I can have better control while I take 1080P videos I upload to YouTube.

It’s an Android app called DSLR Controller that turns any Android device (including Android smartphone/tablet) into a Live View cam.

Why a need for such things?

First of all, when you are taking a video with a Canon 7D, there’s no way to tell if your

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DIY Android WiFi Controlled RC Car!

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Here’s a cool implementation of Android smartphone controlling an RC car via WiFi.  I know there’s a bunch of ways to use Arduino with Android but this is an example that there’s no limits to what you can do with an Android device and your brain.

The RC car (battery powered) is completely controlled by Flyport. The module manages Wi-Fi link to an Android Smartphone and it drives the servo motors (PWM signal). On the following video you see the Android phone internal accelerometers drive directly the RC Car.

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Pantech Vega No.5 Android Tabletphone Does 1.5Ghz Dual-Core and Whupass!

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Back in 2003 after I graduated from college, Pantech was a small company in South Korea that developed smartphones for the Korean market.  I actually had  a job offer from there but refused because their headquarters is located far away from Seoul city since I am a city-slicker.

Anyways, Pantech has been slowly growing over the years it seems they’ve just launched the new Pantech Vega No. 5 with dual-core 1.5Ghz processor.  This is exciting as it means there’s going to be slew of other smartphones with a similar processor coming out later this year.

Also

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Google’s SKPR Hexapod Robot and Androids in Space!

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I’ve been going to Maker Faire almost every year (except this one) and Google went big this year and launched their first Maker Faire booth, exhibiting cool stuff like their SKPR Hexpad Robot and Nexus S phones launched into space with balloons.

What excites me the most is the conversion of Android and Arduino, which brings

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Android Arduino!

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The big news this week from Google’s IO Conference in San Francisco is that Google will be pushing for the development of Android Arduino, inviting all Arduino developers all over the world to utilize the power of Android with Arduino.

I think this is going to be great and I will personally be making some Android Arduino hacks soon so watch out for that.

You can read more about the Android Open Accessory Kit.

The Android 3.1 platform (also backported to Android 2.3.4) int

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CyanogenMod 7 ROM Downloaded over 215,000 Times!

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In a recent report from Boy Genius Report, CyanogenMod 7 ROM has been downloaded over 215,000 times!

For those of you who don’t know what CyanogenMod ROM is, it’s basically an enhanced, modified Android OS that super-boosts your Android smartphone with a bunch of more features.   There are features like extended battery life, faster/efficient UI, and much more.

I’ve actually been following

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Best Samsung Epic Hacks!

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For those of you who want to stay updated on your Samsung Epic 4G, here’s the best of Samsung Epic Hacks (that I personally made for you):

 

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Android gets “Thumbs” with Xperia Play!

Here’s a really funny Android ad for Xperia Play where the guy loses his thumbs to Android.

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